Montana is a state diverse in its geography, culture, and history. From the history of mining and logging in the west, to the tales of the homestead era in the east, it is a land rich in stories of the past. From the western mountain ranges of the Rocky Mountains to the prairies and badlands of the east, it is a land of everchanging scenery. It's here that a culture of ranching and farming blends with a culture of arts and an urban small town lifestyle of it's cities and towns. Montana is huge in it's physical scale, almost 800 miles from the southeast corner to the northwest corner of the state; but small in population with less people in the entire state than are found in most U.S. urban areas with less than a million inhabitants spread across it's vast expanse. Recreation is year round here with a full range of winter activities, ski areas, snowmobile trails, and cross country ski trails, and provides endless opportunities for recreation in the warmer months with world class fishing, hiking and outdoor activities. Your Montana journey starts here.
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Originally named Sunnyside, Clyde Park was chosen because the post office was on a ranch that raised Clydesdale horses and the town resembled a park. This small town revolved around farming and ranching and with the help of the Northern Pacific Railroad, the trains still haul the harvest goods to larger towns.
Coal Banks Landing
Located on the Missouri River, Coal Banks Landing served as an important freight center where supplies for the Big Sandy community were received.
Established near the North Dakota border around 1906, Coalridge began as a mining town located approximately one mile from the town’s present site (which was established in 1924). George Onstad purchased the mine around the same time, and he was instrumental in building the new community.
Coffee Creek, named after the nearby, coffee-brown colored creek, began as a station on the Milwaukee Road. In early days, the town was a favorite stopping place for cowboys roaming the surrounding vast ranges, and by 1914, the community was large enough for a post office to open.
Predominantly recognized now as sheep country, Cohagen was once a booming community in Montana’s southeastern corner. Established with the arrival of the Harris family, Harry Harris promptly opened a post office and named the community after his mother’s maiden name. By 1915, several settlers had joined the Harris’ and the town included a school, three stores, a doctor’s and dentist’s office, two hotels, and a restaurant. Harsh winters, however, have taken its toll on the community. Today, only a handful of residents remain.
The Great Falls and Canada Railroad was a narrow gauge line built around 1890 and ran from Great Falls to Lethbridge. The town’s namesake, Timothy Collins was stockholder and director of the line.